Monday, September 14, 2015

Friendship Tunnels over Attabad Lake, Hunza inaugurated to reconnect Pakistan and China

Since the fateful day when a huge mountain fell over the KKH and blocked the water of the Hunza River to become a lake at Attabad, Hunza Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan province of Pakistan, the trade between China and Pakistan has virtually come to a standstill. 

But the Chinese came forward to help - the same way they came forward to build the mighty Karakoram Highway (KKH) decades ago in the treacherous mountain areas of Pakistan - connecting Pakistan with China - a road that also became one of the highest roads in the world.

China has now reconnected the portion of the submerged portion of the KKH in the Attabad Lake by constructing five tunnels, two bridges and 78 culverts to open the door to friendship between the two countries once again. The road is now open to all types of traffic between China and Pakistan.

The tunnels, named as the Pakistan-China Friendship Tunnels now open the 24 kilometers stretch of the KKH damaged since the 2010 massive landslides.

The repair work and construction of tunnels has taken three years and two months. The high quality work of the Chinese and Pakistan joint venture is visible from the photos shared on the net.

Karakoram Highway KKH (Pakistanpaedia)
Making of the KKH (Pakistanpaedia)

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